What is an employee's holiday entitlement if an extra bank holiday is granted one year?
If an extra bank holiday is announced to mark a particular occasion, for example a royal wedding or the Queen's jubilee, whether or not employees are entitled to an additional day's holiday will depend on the wording of the employment contract. Employees do not have an automatic right to paid time off on a bank holiday.
If the employment contract states that the employee's annual leave entitlement is a certain number of days plus bank holidays, he or she will be entitled to the additional day off. However, if the contract states that the entitlement is to a certain number of days, and is silent on the issue of bank holidays, the employee will not be entitled to an additional day's leave. Neither will the employee be entitled to an extra day if entitlement is expressed as a certain number of days "plus eight bank holidays", or if the contract specifies which bank holidays are included.
Even where employees do not have a contractual entitlement to paid time off on the additional bank holiday, employers should consider providing this as a gesture of goodwill, where possible, or providing time off in lieu if employees are required to work on that day. Employers that ignore the additional bank holiday should be prepared for a negative reaction from their employees.